Pirate Islands Title Screen
|Created by||Jonathan M. Shiff
|Directed by||Richard Jasek|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan M. Shiff
Kay Ben M'Rad
Jonathan M. Shiff
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Jonathan M. Shiff Productions|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Original run||March 3, 2003 – June 30, 2003|
Pirate Islands is an Australian children's television program screened on Network Ten in 2003. The show was re-broadcast on 4Kids TV in 2003, which was called the FoxBox at the time. It has also screened on Nickelodeon UK in early 2008. A sequel called Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji screened on Network Ten in 2007. It has also screened on the Disney Channel Australia and on the CITV Channel in the United Kingdom. In Vietnam, it is aired on VTC9 - Let's Viet (Aug, Sept-2009), and also screened in Spain and Portugal by the Disney Channel.
Plot summary (S1)
Kate Redding, a sister of Nicholas and Sarah, is playing a new computer game called Pirate Islands, which has been created by her father. After Sarah tampers with the computer scanner, lightning strikes the house, and the scanner goes wild, zapping the three siblings inside the computer game. After teleporting inside the game, Kate meets Mars, the main character of the video game. Blackheart, the pirate captain, takes the siblings aboard the pirate ship and threatens to walk them off the plank, Mars climbs aboard and cuts the rope, causes the sails to fall against the pirates, the siblings escape and attempt to find their scanner, only to be cornered by the pirates and drop it into Blackheart's grasp, who uses it unknowingly to zap his crew-mate, causing him to pixelate and melt.
Kate discovers that users are transported between islands in the game through icons, after jumping inside, she ends up on castaway island only to find that Carmen, the second in command, has stolen all the items from Kate's bedroom. The pirates arrive and chase the gang off the island, causing Sarah to trip against a tree trunk which triggers a secret entrance inside the tree, which contains stairways up towards a hidden treehouse, the gang store their few belongings and decide to call this place their new home.
A hidden cabinet inside the tree house stores wet boots, which are found by Kate, who discovers they are power-ups in the game which allows the characters to walk on water, after raiding the pirate ship and discovering a treasure map, Blackheart reappears and threatens them with the scanner, but Mars knocks it out of his hand and they escape from the ship. Kate, furious, returns the next day with the power-up boots and takes control of the ship, stealing the scanner and escaping, she discovers back at the treehouse the batteries are dead as Blackheart has used it multiple times, saddened by this outcome, Kate announces they will have to stay here, 'A little bit longer.'
A new icon is found which transports Kate to haunted island, where the ghost of Captain Quade hides, a previous member of Blackheart's crew who he murdered when Quade abandoned ship to search for the treasure. After almost being killed, Kate luckily grabs Quade's logbook and escapes the ship. After searching the logbook for clues, Kate realises her music box has batteries identical to the one's needed for the computer scanner, however after multiple events, it has ended up in Blackheart's grasp. Back at the treehouse, Nicholas finds a second power up, a jetpack. Kate confronts Blackheart to meet her at the beach to swap the music box for Quade's logbook, but she is kidnapped in her attempt, only to be saved by Nicholas's jetpack joyride. Kate escapes leaving Blackheart with the music box, once more.
Mars raids the pirate ship with a keg and implants Kate's mobile phone, which she uses as a walkie-talkie between the Blackheart's ship and Captain Quade's ship. After scaring the pirate's away from the main cabin. Mars enters and steals the music box, placing it inside the keg and throwing it in the water. The next day the keg washes up and is found to be empty. Back at castaway island, Carmen promises she will give Kate the batteries if she gives her the jetpack, the power-up boots and the logbook. Blackheart suspiciously arrives at the island to destroy Kate once and for all just as Kate programs the scanner to leave the game. Dougal, Blackheart's second in command, races inside and unplugs the scanner from the console, and grabs it. Kate pushes him over and grabs back the scanner escaping, leaving Mars about to be killed and Sarah and Nicholas captured. Kate returns to the village with a newly programmed scanner, this time programmed for destruction. She switches it on and zaps the sky, which begins to be torn apart as the computer game slowly begins to break down. The village catches fire and is destroyed as Blackheart fights his way through the storm and rips the scanner out of Kate's grasp and collecting her bag containing the logbook. With the scanner now programmed for destruction, Kate begins to cry realising it's all her fault, and she doesn't know what Blackheart may do next.
Plot summary (S2)
Now in control of the scanner and the logbook. Blackheart finds a clue, holding it against a mirror he discovers a secret code which pin points to a location on the main island. Kate vows to please her siblings and boards the pirate ship, discovering the code. Kate and Blackheart race to the location and Kate discovers a treasure chest containing an iron key, Blackheart arrives and steals it from her as Kate cries announcing this time, they are truly beaten. The following day, Kate takes up judo in an attempt to begin sword-fighting. After using the jetpack to fool Blackheart, he catches her leg and destroy's the jetpack, but Kate uses judo and flips the pirate over her shoulder, Blackheart drops his sword and Kate grabs it, escaping.
Mars teaches Kate to sword-fight, and is banished as the village leader for not helping the castaways look for the treasure. Meanwhile Blackheart finds a cascade in the cliffs with an iron door, however there is no lock for the key. Carmen orders an infultration on the forest in an attempt to find Kate's treehouse, but Mars stops them and wins the castaways over, being renewed as the leader, Carmen is growing furious. Kate and Mars make an agreement to help each other search for the treasure, vowing to split it 50/50 for the castaways and kate to swap for the scanner. Mars sets a trap. Blackheart falls for it and Kate steals the key, racing to the iron door, she knocks, a keyhole burns into the door and she enters shutting before Blackheart gets inside. Mars is upset as Kate has broken her promise. Inside, Kate finds a wooden floating wheel, but as she leaves, Mars grabs it from her, and tells her they are no longer friends.
Carmen and Mars take the wheel to Captain Quade to get some clues on what it does. But Quade steals it, Carmen has to return to Kate for help but she is not happy about it. After Kate saves Mars, he tells her he didn't need the help. And they sword-fight to prove who is a better fighter. Before a winner is announced, Blackheart arrives and Kate leads him inside the ship, she takes the wheel and exists a different way. Blackheart is slowly falling apart and takes the scanner to the forest, turning it on, Pirate Islands begins to rip apart for a second time. Minutes before the game is destroyed, Kate throws the wheel to Blackheart and races to the scanner, switching it off. Blackheart beats her to it once again and retrieves the scanner and the wheel. Blackheart solves the next clue in the logbook, taking the wheel to the waterfall, he finds a hidden panel and switches the waterfall off, opening a hidden door. Kate enters with Mars, both angry at each other. But are forced to work together as Blackheart races to beat them. They find a walkway and an icy block in the wall. Smashing it they retrieve the next clue, a golden egg.
The golden egg is taken to the cliffs on castaway island as instructed by the logbook. There, Kate throws it off the cliff as it begins to fly, it explodes leaving behind a diamond. Mars and Kate, now friends once more, take the diamond to Quade's ship as he tells them how his heart was broken, he evaporates, leaving behind a floating portal, the diamond is inserted and a beam of light explodes from within leaving behind a holographic map, showing a secret island has risen from the waves, that's where they'll find the golden idol.
The race is on to return home as Kate travels to the island as Blackheart arrives quickly behind. They find a golden door and use Sarah's talking plant to get inside. However just as they are about to enter the final part of the treasure hunt, Blackheart escapes and throws them off the cliff to the rocky ledge below, with no chance of escape as the pirates head off towards the idol. Kate charges her energy and discovers inside this video game there are no rules. She flies without the jetpack gracefully and escapes towards the final room. There, Kate and Blackheart sword-fight to the death as Blackheart smacks Kate backwards into the path of the golden idol, which Kate ducks from leading Blackheart to get zapped and turned to gold. The battle is over. Carmen takes control of the pirate ship and discovers the scanner. Thanking Kate, she gives it to her and they leave the island. Back at the treehouse, Kate and Mars kiss. She promises she'll be back. Mars tells her he'll be waiting. She programs the scanner back to the original state, and they leave the island, finding her room is exactly how she left it. Only to discover they have taken home Sarah's talking plant. 'Pirate Islands is real,' whispers Kate, as they all smile at each other, only to discover they cannot return as the scanner has been left in the treehouse.
- Brooke Harman as Kate Redding
- Eliza Taylor-Cotter as Sarah Redding
- Nicholas Donaldson as Nicholas Redding
- Oliver Ackland as Mars
- Collin Moody as Captain Blackheart
- Darcy Bonser as Perry
- Lucia Smyrk as Carmen
- Madeleine Jay as Lizard
Two Telemovies (Each 96 mins) have been released. They are cut down versions of all 26 episodes, which leaves out a lot of footage. There have been no plans to release all 26 episodes in a DVD boxset.
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Three Australian computer game champs, Tyler, Marty, and Alison and one Fijian computer champ, Kirra are forced to swap their game consoles for real swords when they are thrown into a virtual pirate island world in Fiji. They face the dreaded Captain Blackheart and his dangerous, seductive new First Mate, Lily and a band of fierce pirates for a hoard of treasure stolen from an Egyptian Pharaoh's tomb by the legendary pirate ship, Neptune's Revenge, and its captain, Salty Ben. Tyler, Kirra, and Alison befriend a local Fijian tribe and its leader, Sol, who takes a liking to Kirra, while Marty preferes the pirate lifestyle, becoming Captain Blackheart's cabin boy at one stage. Marty's allegiance is constantly questioned whether he's on Blackheart's side or his brother Tyler's side, after Lily, leads a revolt and takes over Blackheart's ship. This is a problem for Marty, as Lily is crueller, more suspicious and far cleverer than Blackheart, who is more there for comedy than fast-paced action scenes.
Will Tyler, Kirra, and Alison find the three torn pieces of the treasure map and find their way home, or will the dreaded Captain Blackheart, Marty, Lily and the pirate crew find the Eye of Osiris, treasure of treasures, and live forever?
- John Noble as Captain Blackheart john
- Saskia Burmeister as First Mate Lily
- Kain O'Keeffe as Tyler
- Adelaide Clemens as Alison
- Sera Tikotikovatu as Kirra
- Jim Daly as Dougal
- Wame Valentine as Sol
- Nathan Vernon as Henry
- Robert Grubb as Salty Ben
- Tony Nikolakopoulos as Cannonball Bob
- Bert Labonte as Sharktooth Pete
- Francisco Dos Santos as Nick the Knot
- Bay Abbey as Scurvy Bill
- Joey Atkins as Marty
- Episode 1 - Game On
- Episode 2 - Sanctuary
- Episode 3 - Nemesis
- Episode 4 - Without Paddles
- Episode 5 - Secrets and Lies
- Episode 6 - Poison
- Episode 7 - Mutiny
- Episode 8 - Cross and Doublecross
- Episode 9 - Choices
- Episode 10 - Broadside
- Episode 11 - Drum Roll
- Episode 12 - Unholy Alliance
- Episode 13 - Tabu
All 13 episodes have been released on DVD in the Netherlands. The audio is English with hardcoded Dutch subtitles.
|Australia||Network Ten||Pirate Islands|
|Disney Channel (Australia)|
|United States||Fox Box|
|United Kingdom||Nickelodeon UK/Ireland|
|Hong Kong||ATV World|
|France||Fox Kids (France)||Mission pirates||Pirates Mission|
|Poland||TVP1||Wyspy Piratów||Pirate Island|
|Germany||KiKa||Die Pirateninsel||The Pirate Island|
|Der Schatz von Fidschi||The Treasure of Fiji|
|Portugal||Disney Channel Portugal||Pirate Island: Entra no Jogo||Pirate Island: Enter the Game|
|Spain||Disney Channel Spain||Pirate Island: Entra en el Juego||Pirate Island: Enter the Game|
|Israel||IBA- Channel 33, Channel 22||איי הפיראטים||Pirate Islands|
|Russia||СТС||Пиратские острова||Pirate Islands|
|Sweden||Kunskapskanalen||Pirate Islands||Pirate Islands|
- Pirate Islands Official site
- Pirate Islands at IMDB
- Pirate Islands episode guide.
- Jonathan Shiff Productions
- Pirate Islands at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Pirate Islands at the Internet Movie Database
- Pirate Islands at TV.com
- Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji at the Internet Movie Database